By Sarah Te Slaa, Multimedia Producer/ Anchor - email
Looking back on 2012, there's been some big economic news for Sioux City. The city released its top ten accomplishments for the year.
On the list, 2012 marked the fourth year Sioux City's property tax rate dropped. City leaders say they were able to lower the city's portion of the tax rate by 4 percent. They say that's because of economic investment, new efficiency measures, and an emphasis on cost effective measures.
Another notable accomplishment the city says is the completion of the Southbridge water treatment plant. Leaders cut the ribbon on the $35 million plant in May. The state-of-the-art plant can treat 10 million gallon of water per day. It had been in the works for a long time. Planning for the plant began in 2006.
And maybe the biggest accomplishments of the year for Sioux City is Sabre Industries announcement of a $28 million expansion which would create 532 jobs. Sabre Industries is one of the leading tower, pole, and shelter manufacturers in the U.S. and began the expansion project earlier this year. The $28 million, multi-phase expansion is on 150 acres of land and it's the first tenant in Sioux City's Southbridge Business Park.
Sioux City city manager Paul Eckert says that's been the crowning jewel for the city for the year.
"Five-hundred and thirty-two jobs being added at Sabre in the new Southbridge development area," says Eckert. "The council has invested heavily in infrastructure and 532 jobs are the result."
In addition to new jobs, Sabre Industries is also partnering with Western Iowa Tech Community College to provide welding training.
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